Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and Forever!
Live Jesus in our Heart, Forever!

I am happy to announce that Bishop, after consultation with the Spokane Regional Health District, has decided to allow public celebration of Holy Mass, with some restrictions.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is still lifted, so no one needs to feel pressured to come. I look forward to seeing those of you who are able to attend, and hope that there may soon be a day when life can return to normal for everyone.

Bishop’s Guidelines are here: https://dioceseofspokane.org/coronavirus

If you have any questions about these guidelines please do not hesitate to give me a call! My direct number is 509-487-6363

The schedule for Holy Mass and Confessions this weekend is the following:

Saturday, 5/30
8am – Daily Mass followed by Confessions (St. Patrick)

3pm – Confessions (St. Francis Xavier)

4pm – Vigil Mass (St. Francis Xavier)

Sunday, 5/31
7:30am – Holy Mass (St. Francis Xavier)

9:00am – Holy Mass (St. Patrick)

**9:30am – Holy Mass, Extraordinary Form (St. Francis Xavier) – Fr. Slattery

11:00am – Holy Mass, Extraordinary Form (St. Francis Xavier) – Fr. Gaines

**We have temporarily added this Mass to help with diocesan occupancy requirements because the 11am Latin Mass is often very full.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask, just call 509-487-6363. I hope you and your family are doing well! God bless you and keep you.

In Mary’s Immaculate Heart,

Fr. David Gaines

Friends in Christ,

Bishop Daly has recently encouraged priests and faithful of the Diocese to pray the attached Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In these difficult and uncertain times, intercessory novenas have particular utility, and bring us closer to our faith. Additionally, the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the font of Christ's mercy for us, and the source of God's boundless and passionate love for mankind. In times like these, that love is more important than ever. The Novena can be found at this link: Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Thank you,

Miles Ormsby, Secretary

Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! I am happy to announce that I will again be able to provide private Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Confessions at St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick, on Sunday, May 17th.

The schedule is as follows:

10am - Confessions for 1 hour and Adoration until 3pm at St. Patrick

11am - Confessions for 1 hour and Adoration until 4pm at St. Francis Xavier

Bishop has encouraged us to open our churches for people to come and pray (we've scheduled things for security and for safety pews blocked off to ensure social distancing). During the hours of Adoration, the doors of the Church will be opened, and the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament waiting for anyone who is already out on “essential” business and would like to make a visit. The Bishop of course asks us to do all of this on the condition that safety measures and social distancing are strictly observed. This includes staying 6 feet away from other parishioners, avoiding the unnecessary touching of any surfaces, and washing of hands. The wearing of gloves or masks when inside the church is not required, but you are welcome to do so. Please be as considerate as possible to help prevent the spread of germs.

At St. Francis Xavier, Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be from 11am to 4pm ~ if you would like to help out, sign up at this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094eaba72da7fd0-adoration This link is for those who wish to commit to an hour of adoration. We wish to have at least one person or family for each hour of this adoration time (for safety and security), otherwise if anyone is out on "essential" business and would like to make a visit, please do so. Families with children are encouraged to make a visit to Our Lord and not be concerned about making too much noise...Our Lord welcomes the little ones especially!

If you are not able to attend, please remember that I am daily praying for you and your loved ones.

In Mary's Immaculate Heart,
Fr. David B Gaines

Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! Live Jesus in our hearts, Forever! I am pleased to announce that at St. Francis Xavier and St. Patrick Parishes this Sunday May 10th - Mother's Day, we will be able to provide private Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, and a special "Drive-Thru Blessing" for Mothers. My schedule will be as follows:

10am - Confession and Adoration begins at St. Patrick (Adoration continues to 3pm at STP)

11am - Confession and Adoration begins at St. Francis Xavier (Adoration continues to 4pm at SFX)

1pm - Mother's Day Blessings - Parking lot drive-thru** - SFX

3pm - Adoration concludes - St. Patrick

3pm - Mother's Day Blessings - Parking lot drive-thru ** - STP

4pm - Adoration concludes - St. Francis Xavier

**Drive-thru blessings: At the designated time form a line in your cars in the parking lot and I will, one by one, offer a blessing to Moms. Just drive up to me, roll your windows down and I will offer the blessing.

Please note Bishop has encouraged us to open our churches for people to come and pray (we've scheduled things for security and safety). During the hours of Adoration the doors of the Church will be opened, and the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament waiting for anyone who is already out on “essential” business and would like to make a visit. Bishop of course asks us to do all of this on the condition that safety measures and social distancing are strictly observed. This includes staying 6 feet away from other parishioners, avoiding the unnecessary touching of any surfaces, and washing of hands. The wearing of gloves or masks when inside the church are not required, but you are welcome to do so, and it is appreciated. Please be as considerate as possible to help prevent the spread of germs.

At St. Francis Xavier, Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be from 11am to 4pm ~ if you would like to help out, sign up at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094eaba72da7fd0-adoration. This link is for those who wish to commit to an hour of adoration. We wish to have at least one person or family for each hour of this adoration time (for safety and security), otherwise if anyone is out on "essential" business and would like to make a visit, please do so. Families with children are encouraged to make a visit to Our Lord and not be concerned about making too much noise...Our Lord welcomes the little ones especially!

If you are not able to attend, please remember that I am daily praying for you and your loved ones and especially this Sunday praying for all Mothers. Happy Mother's Day!

In Mary's Immaculate Heart,
Fr. David B Gaines

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

At the present time, St. Francis Xavier will remain closed until further notice. The Bishops of Washington state are working on a plan to re-open the parishes, an we expect a plan for re-opening to be announced within the next few weeks. Let us use the remaining time to work on our spiritual and contemplative lives. 

We would also like to note that we have had some hardware issues with our phone system, and have not received calls for most of the last week. Our phones are currently operating again. If this has inconvenienced you, we apologize for our oversight.